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By Vernalee
It hit me like a ton of bricks. I would not in a million years have thought that the person in question could be that ruthless or sinister.
Did you?
It didn’t look like they would hurt a fly.
How many times must we be reminded that looks are deceiving?
So when I heard of the betrayal, I was flabbergasted; speechless to be exact! What hypocrisy!
I don’t know why I was startled!
Jesus was betrayed by one who was within his midst!
Why would I expect any thing different?
Some folks asked, “How was this allowed to happen?”
That question is rhetorical at best.
We all know how closeness facilitates the removal of one’s inner fence.
We let our guards down with folks that we feel that we can trust; people that we feel are 100% loyal and are on our side!
We can all be fooled when perception and not reality is at work.
After all, we don’t expect betrayal from the group that we thought we could trust; the group that purportedly love us – close friends, confidantes, family, spouses/significant others.
Yet, these are the ones who become razor thin close; too close for comfort.
When that happens – down comes our barriers and protective shields. “Familiarity does breed contempt.”
It is easy to throw caution to the wind when we think that those close alliances are committed to our well being.
However, we have to discern that they are not who we think they are!
In fact, our mistake is that we too quickly or indiscriminately placed them in our circle of trust. Maybe it’s time that they are thrown out!
As the saying goes, “Know who’s in your boat. If they are drilling holes and not rowing, your boat will sink!”
Here’s what’s need to be done:
1. Remove them.
2. Forget them.
3. Activate the alarm if they come too close to the circumference.
4. Don’t become easy prey; “in range” target practice for the ill-intended.
5. Don’t mourn the loss of so-called friends; celebrate the fact that you identified who they were.
6. Re-group –
It is imperative that we “reboot; that we keep our guards up.”
7. Be equipped.
We must daily wear our weighty protective gear, though heavy it becomes!
8. Follow wise advise.
Sun Tzu, a Chinese military strategist used the expression that was coined by Al Pacino in his portrayal of Michael Corleone in the movie, “The Godfather II.” “Keep our friends close and our enemies closer.”
Regretful it is when there is difficulty in discerning who’s who.
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By Vernalee
Take heed to “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” By doing so, you may not know if they are planning an attack, but you will be in a better position to protect yourself from harm. The Godfather, Marlon Brando has spoken! Listen! Act!
My research on this quote revealed the following:
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is ranked #58 in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. The quote has often been attributed to Sun Tzu and sometimes to Niccolò Machiavelli, but there are no published sources yet found which predate its use in the film, The Godfather. There is, however, an Italian proverb that follows closely: “Dai nemici mi guardo io dagli amici mi guardi dio!” – I can protect myself from my enemies, may God protect me from my friends. My thought is that if you know who is drilling holes in your boat, you can stop the leaks and throw the drillers aboard!
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